Fantasy Football Week 5 DFS Pick One: Jamaal Williams, Miles Sanders, or James Robinson

Which running back are you putting in your DFS lineups for Week 5 fantasy football: Jamaal Williams, Miles Sanders, or James Robinson?

Welcome to Week 5 DFS. In these weekly articles, I’m going to look at three players with similar salaries on DraftKings and pick the player I think you should add to your fantasy football lineup for the Sunday main slate.

Last week, I choosing between Courtland Sutton, Amari Cooper and Drake London as second tier wide receiver options. I opted for Sutton who I felt was due for a touchdown and he duly obliged, ending up with 16.2 points. Cooper and London both bombed, with Cooper (1.9 points) catching just one pass for 9 yards and London (3.7 points) just two passes for 17 yards. Not good at all.

Related: NFL DFS Picks for Week 5 DraftKings Main Slate

Onto Week 5 and this week we’re looking at three second tier running backs, all who are currently having RB1 seasons.

Jamaal Williams @ New England Patriots ($6,500)

Talk about making the most of an opportunity. Williams was always going to be a nice 1-2 punch alongside D’Andre Swift in the Lions offense, but with the injury bug still plaguing the start to Swift’s career, Williams hasn’t missed a beat. With six rushing touchdowns already in 2022, Williams leads that category and has two in each of the last two weeks to go with 87 and 108 rushing yards. Interestingly he hasn’t seen much work in the passing game, with just eight targets all season.

With Swift likely out again this week, Williams should again see the Lion’s (pun full intended) share of the carries. The Patriots have been below average as a defense, ranking 22nd both overall and vs the run per my NEFF ratings. This means Williams is a great option if you’re not looking to roster one of the top-priced running backs this week.

Miles Sanders @ Arizona Cardinals ($6,500)

Sanders is coming off his best game of the season last week, where he returned a 156 total yards and 2 rushing touchdowns against the Jaguars for 32.6 points. This week the Eagles travel to Arizona to face a Cardinals defense that has been much more sturdy against the run (7th per NEFF) than they have been against the pass (27th). This makes me much more inclined to favor Jalen Hurts and Eagles’ passing game this week and leave Sanders un-rostered in DFS.

James Robinson vs Houston Texans ($6,300)

James Robinson is one of the feel-good stories of the 2022 season as he has bounced back from the Achilles tear he suffered last December. He’s been the RB11 in fantasy so far in 2022, though the game script went against Robinson last week and he returned by far his worst score of the season with just 2.9 points, having average 19.8 points over the first three weeks.

The matchup is much more favorable this week as he faces a Texans team that has allowed the third-most rushing points this season and who gave up 34.9 points to Austin Ekeler last week. Robinson has seen nearly two thirds of the Jaguars’ rushing attempts, and should be back in the 15-20 attempt range this week against the Texans, which is likely to translate into a good fantasy output again.

My Pick: Jamaal Williams

I like Robinson against the Texans but feel Williams is the player with the most upside and should have a strong day against a Patriots team that allowed 183 rushing yards last week.

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